I read the first issue of Royal City and it was great.
I plan to read in trade, but a new Jeff Lemire creator owned book with him on script & art, I couldn't wait 6 months for the first volume - so I picked up issue 1 for a taste.
Now the problem is I don't know if I can wait until the first volume to see what happens next.
There's as good an initial concept here as I've seen anywhere in the last few years, it really had me flipping back and forth a few times thinking WTF. It first it was so subtly done that I was questioning whether I had read a name right.
I ended up reading it again, not because I didn't understand it, just because it was so great.
The flip on the narrator was really well done as well.
Highly recommend it. Image needs a good new series, it's lost two of its best in Morning Glories and Revival and there's been nothing startlingly good since Southern Bastards - until Royal City. Very promising.